Paul Ryan rips Obama’s speech: “Rather than building bridges, he’s poisoning wells”

posted at 5:38 pm on April 13, 2011 by Allahpundit

Via Mediaite, three minutes of righteous rage. It’s all here: Obama’s gutless insistence on farming this issue out to commissions to spare himself the political risks of leadership; his betrayal of his sunny 2008 campaign message, swapping the post-partisan Hopenchange problem-solver crap for a double-barreled attack on the GOP; and of course, the horribly cynical electoral calculus in all this, which earns a sneering reference from Ryan to the “Campaigner-in-Chief.” It’s that last bit that bothers him the most, I think. Taking the lead on Social Security and Medicare might make him a rock star to movement conservatives, but there’s a real chance that the backlash will destroy his political career (and the GOP’s House majority). Already, at least one poll has 51 percent saying that Ryan’s 2012 budget cuts too much. He knows the danger perfectly well, in other words, but he’s stepping up because it’s that important. And meanwhile the country’s nominal leader, ostensibly heaven-sent by the Democratic gods to rescue America from its troubles per his own campaign mythology, is taking a pass. It’s a good thing Ryan hates your grandma so damned much or else he’d have to be wondering at this point why he bothered.

He told the Journal this morning that there’s precisely zero chance of a “grand bargain” on entitlements between Democrats and Republicans but a slight chance of a compromise on the narrower issue of Social Security. That’s how invested the left is in Medicare’s current structure, which is rocketing us towards fiscal catastrophe: The “third rail of American politics” is now a better candidate for a deal than Medicare is. If you’re the praying type, now’s the time.

Update: A correction via an eagle-eyed reader: CNN misread its own data in the poll cited above. 51 percent say Ryan’s budget’s doesn’t cut too much; 47 percent say that it does. That’s a relief, but a small one given how closely divided those numbers are.


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Watched Ryan on CSPAN last night.

This guy is great!

While the dems sat there playing the usual political games, Ryan laid out his plan clearly and honestly

cntrlfrk on April 14, 2011 at 7:05 AM

If there was any question whether Obama is a puppet for the gang of Chicago thugs that own him, his speech yesterday removed all doubt. To say he is an empty suit is an insult to tailors all over the country.

volsense on April 14, 2011 at 9:08 AM

“Scorching the earth” would be historically more appropriate, but I suppose “poisoning the wells” works in a pinch. (“Salting the fields” is a bit too archaic, I fear.)

Blacklake on April 14, 2011 at 9:14 AM

Sorry – late to this party, but color my skeptical – “CNN misread its poll”? No, CNN misrepresented its poll, since it didn’t give the data they wanted it to. Oh, and “misrepresented” = “lied about.”
I haven’t seen their correction yet,is that proof?

ConservativeinCO on April 14, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Wow. Ryan looks visibly ticked off.
I know plenty of people that would be screaming obscenities by the time they got that agitated. The man comports himself well.

Count to 10 on April 14, 2011 at 9:25 AM

canopfor on April 13, 2011 at 5:52 PM

According to the chart, spending is cut some in the first year in Ryan’s plan, after which is rises.

Count to 10 on April 14, 2011 at 9:29 AM

I hope the fiscal members of the GOP have the backbones to tell the Dems where they stick their bi-partisanship. If it’s open conflict they want that is what Conservatives should give them. We really shouldn’t be pandering to the wafflers.

katiejane on April 14, 2011 at 9:48 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPxMZ1WdINs

canopfor on April 13, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Great rewind video

elfman on April 14, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Favorite politician evah.

Aronne on April 14, 2011 at 10:38 AM

I finally had a chance to play this clip. And I”m playing it again and again. That has to be the most Presidential expression of “WTF was THAT?” ever given.

Damn, I wish Ryan was POTUS.

ace tomato on April 14, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Ryan absolutely schooled Charie Rose last night. Rose tried with every Q to show the brilliance of Obama and Ryan’s perfidy. Ryan’s responses left Rose groping for another line of attack with each answer. Finally he asked what there was to agree on and Ryan said”Nothing.” It was a remarkable event. Ryan, sure, calm, coherent, and knowledgeable versus a combative and stuttering Rose.

xkaydet65 on April 14, 2011 at 11:07 AM

“Scorching the earth” would be historically more appropriate, but I suppose “poisoning the wells” works in a pinch. (“Salting the fields” is a bit too archaic, I fear.)

Blacklake on April 14, 2011 at 9:14 AM

Poisoning the well is exactly what Obama is doing.

Black Yoshi on April 14, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Man, I read that earlier today and loved it. But watching it is something else entirely. Why can no one else school President Obama like that?

I really wish he was President.

Favorite politician evah.

Aronne on April 14, 2011 at 10:38 AM

No doubt.

BadgerHawk on April 14, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Ryan & Rubio, gotta love those guys.

How about a little R&R for 2012! Take your pick for the top spot.

generouse on April 14, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Ryan being invited to the ‘speech’ was nothing more than payback for Ryan’s takedown of Øbama at the Health Care Summit.

Yes, he is that petulant. Comforting, no?

2ipa on April 14, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Obummer invited him out of pure spite. That spite is rotting his soul, and will be his undoing.

Grace_is_sufficient on April 14, 2011 at 5:31 PM

If Paul Ryan ran, I vote for him hands down.

Geronimo on April 14, 2011 at 6:32 PM

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